I asked Steve Porino a question about the so-called "new" technique,they were supposed to post this at the Q&A section of ski racing mag website www.skiracing.com
but they haven´t so i hope Mr Porino won´t mind my posting his answer here...
"I very much see your point. I think it's easy to get caught up in the semantics
of this topic: Is it really "new" or are we talking
I'll tell you this. If you took a World Cup racer with the used to their current
equipment and then stuck them (without a chance to adapt) on a pair of skis
without any sidecut, say a pair that's seven or eight years old, they'd all but
fall over in the first turn. Does this mean they need to change their technique?
Certainly they have to modify their movements, timing, inclination, anticipation
and that sort of thing. But has the book of technique been rewritten, or are we
just better able to do what we've been talking about for so long because the
equipment actually works today.
Here are some changes I see going...call them what you will.
Both skis stay on the snow. Coaches and athletes are working on this all the
time. This philosophy has been around for some time, but it's only modern
equipment that allows you to really do it. The goal is for both skis to have the
same edge angles. One, so the inside ski doesn't chatter and chisl away at the
snow. Of course, that's a speed thing. I don't know that it matters in a
recreational setting. Racers also feel constant snow contact provides a more
"grounded" stance -- easier to initiate, easier to recover, more
constant control. When, for instance, these short slalom skis come off the snow
it's the first sign that trouble will follow.
Weight distribution is another topic altogether. Studies show that it changes
throughout the turn. They've done tests with Michael von Gruenigen in GS that
suggest his weight is relatively evently distributed in the initiation, and as
he approaches the apex the weight goes more to the outside ski to the point
where it's more of a 70/30 distribution. Flatter courses the distribution is
more even, steeper courses it's the opposite.
I'd agrue that the need for tip lead (I take that to mean the inside ski is
ahead of the outside ski) is not so much an intentional act but necessity,
particularly on modern equipment. When there is no inclination/angulation the
skis are parallel. Deep in the turn, the inside ski is further ahead of the
outside ski far more than it ever was in the past. The edge angles being
generated on modern equipment MANDATE that the inside ski be ahead of the
outside ski. No doubt you've seen pictures of Maier with his butt nearly on the
ground and the downhill ski fully loaded. You can't do that with your feet
Angulation and counter-rotation still exist, but I say in lesser degrees. You
don't see a lot of Stien Erickson angles out on the World Cup or single cranked
in knee I picture Phil Maher in. But people that rotate still skid, people that
lean in still fall.
I'd also agree that there is less up unwieghting. In fact, many slalom skiers
are adopting a very low stance which helps them keep their skis on the snow and
react to the rebound of the new skis. It aslo helps them to generate high edge
angles in a shorter period of time, whereas vertical movments slow that process
Mind you all of this is done with the intent of go faster. I'm not sure how
important it is for an intermediate skier to learn in a less how to carve with
both skis or to stay low so they can intitiate the next turn more quickly.
That's, perhaps, a much more complicated question."